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Midnight Cowboy -- A small town dreamer.  A small time con man.   An unlikely friendship.  An uncommon bond.  Oscar winners Jon Voight and Dustin Hoffman star in this Academy Award winning drama for Best Picture.


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Waldo Salt (screenplay)
James Leo Herlihy (based on the novel by)
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Release Date:
16 June 1969 (Brazil) See more »
Whatever you hear about Midnight Cowboy is true. See more »
A naive hustler goes to New York to seek personal fortune but in the process finds himself a new friend. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Won 3 Oscars. Another 27 wins & 12 nominations See more »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Dustin Hoffman ... Ratso

Jon Voight ... Joe Buck

Sylvia Miles ... Cass

John McGiver ... Mr. O'Daniel

Brenda Vaccaro ... Shirley

Barnard Hughes ... Towny

Ruth White ... Sally Buck - Texas

Jennifer Salt ... Annie - Texas
Gilman Rankin ... Woodsy Niles - Texas (as Gil Rankin)
Gary Owens ... Little Joe - Texas
T. Tom Marlow ... Little Joe - Texas
George Eppersen ... Ralph - Texas
Al Scott ... Cafeteria Manager - Texas
Linda Davis ... Mother on the Bus - Texas
J.T. Masters ... Old Cow-Hand - Texas
Arlene Reeder ... The Old Lady - Texas

Georgann Johnson ... Rich Lady - New York
Jonathan Kramer ... Jackie - New York
Anthony Holland ... TV Bishop - New York

Bob Balaban ... The Young Student - New York
Jan Tice ... Freaked-Out Lady - New York
Paul Benjamin ... Bartender - New York
Peter Scalia ... Vegetable Grocer - New York
Vito Siracusa ... Vegetable Grocer - New York
Peter Zamagias ... Hat Shop Owner - New York
Arthur Anderson ... Hotel Clerk - New York
Tina Scala ... Laundromat Lady - New York
Alma Felix ... Laundromat Lady - New York
Richard Clarke ... Escort Service Man - New York
Ann Thomas ... The Frantic Lady - New York
Paul Rossilli ... Hansel McAlbertson - The Party (as Gastone Rossilli)

Viva ... Gretel McAlbertson - The Party
Ultra Violet ... The Party
Paul Jabara ... The Party
International Velvet ... The Party
Cecelia Lipson ... The Party

Taylor Mead ... The Party

Paul Morrissey ... The Party
Joan Murphy ... The Waitress - Florida
Al Stetson ... Bus Driver - Florida
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Pat Ast ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Bernice ... Dog Outside Warhol Party (uncredited)
Mary Boylan ... Old Lady in Subway (uncredited)
Philip Bruns ... Man in TV Montage (uncredited)

Randall Carver ... Rapist in Flashback (uncredited)
Marlene Clark ... Girl at Party (uncredited)
Robert Dahdah ... Bus Passenger (uncredited)
William Door ... Man at Party (uncredited)

Sandy Duncan ... Woman in TV Montage (uncredited)
Trent Gough ... Man at Lunch Counter (uncredited)
Paul Jasmin ... Party Guest (uncredited)

Barbara Maggio ... Gina (uncredited)
Jay Morran ... Pimp (uncredited)
Waldo Salt ... Joe Pyne on TV Show (uncredited)
Renee Semes ... Hippie in Coffee Shop (uncredited)
Jeffrey Walker ... Hippie #3 (uncredited)

M. Emmet Walsh ... Bus Passenger (uncredited)

Bill Walters ... St. Bernard Owner (uncredited)

Directed by
John Schlesinger 
Writing credits
Waldo Salt (screenplay)

James Leo Herlihy (based on the novel by)

Produced by
Jerome Hellman .... producer
Kenneth Utt .... associate producer
Original Music by
John Barry (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Adam Holender (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Hugh A. Robertson (film editor)
Casting by
Marion Dougherty (uncredited)
Production Design by
John Robert Lloyd 
Set Decoration by
Philip Smith  (as Phil Smith)
Costume Design by
Ann Roth 
Makeup Department
Irving Buchman .... makeup artist
Bob Grimaldi .... hairdresser
Dick Smith .... makeup consultant
Production Management
Fred C. Caruso .... assistant production manager (as Fred Caruso)
Hal Schaffel .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Burtt Harris .... second unit director
Terence A. Donnelly .... first assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Willis Conner .... assistant art director
Edward Garzero .... master scenic artist (as Ed Carzero)
William J. Gerrity .... construction grip
Edward Swanson .... head carpenter (as Ed Swanson)
Sound Department
Vincent Connelly .... sound editor
Jack Fitzstephens .... sound editor
Abe Seidman .... sound
Dick Vorisek .... sound mixer
Stephen Fitzstephens .... foley artist (uncredited)
James Perdue .... sound recordist (uncredited)
Robert Rogow .... boom operator (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Joshua White .... special lighting effects (as Joshua Light Show)
Camera and Electrical Department
Richard C. Kratina .... camera operator (as Dick Kratina)
Norman Leigh .... chief electrician
Michael Mahony .... key grip (as Mike Mahony)
Willie Meyerhoff .... chief electrician
Tom Priestley Jr. .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Max Soloman .... wardrobe supervisor
Editorial Department
Richard P. Cirincione .... assistant editor (as Richard Cirincione)
Keith Parrish .... color timer: new negative (25th anniversary restoration)
Ed Rothkowitz .... assistant editor (as Edward Rothkowitz)
Len Saltzberg .... assistant editor (as Leonard Saltzberg)
Music Department
John Barry .... music supervisor
Toxey French .... musical producer
Garry Sherman .... arranger
Garry Sherman .... conductor
Toots Thielemans .... musician: harmonica played by (as Jean 'Toots' Thielemans)
Ronald Frangipane .... musician: keyboards (uncredited)
Walter E. Sear .... musician: electronic music, Sear Electronic Music Production (uncredited)
Other crew
Michael Childers .... assistant to the director
Jim Clark .... creative consultant
Pablo Ferro .... graphic effects
Nicholas Sgarro .... continuity (as Nick Sgarro)
Jeff Kanew .... trailer (uncredited) (unconfirmed)
Jim B. Smith .... technical advisor (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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113 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Argentina:18 | Australia:M | Australia:R18+ (original rating) | Australia:A (original rating) | Brazil:16 | Canada:18A (Canadian Home Video rating) | Canada:14A (Manitoba) (DVD rating) | Canada:PA (Manitoba) (original rating) | Canada:R (Nova Scotia/Ontario) | Canada:18+ (Quebec) | Finland:K-16 | Finland:K-15 (new rating: 2001) | France:12 | Iceland:16 | Italy:VM18 | Japan:PG12 (2010) | Netherlands:12 (re-rating) | New Zealand:R18 | Norway:18 | Norway:15 (TV rating) | Peru:18 | Portugal:M/16 (Qualidade) | Singapore:M18 | South Korea:15 | Spain:18 | Sweden:15 | UK:X (original rating) | UK:18 (video rating) (1988) | USA:TV-MA (TV rating) | USA:X (original rating) | USA:R (re-rating) (1971) | West Germany:16

Did You Know?

Dustin Hoffman stated during a 1994 interview with Larry King that Jon Voight (being from Yonkers, New York) originally did not get the part of Joe Buck because he was having trouble mastering the character's Midland, Texas accent.See more »
Crew or equipment visible: Ceilingless set and lighting equipment can be briefly seen in several shots in Cass' bedroom.See more »
[first lines]
Joe Buck:Whoopee-tee-yi-yo. Get along little dogies. It's your misfortune and none of my own.
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116 out of 135 people found the following review useful.
Big Joe Heads To The Big Apple, 15 June 2005
Author: Lechuguilla from Dallas, Texas

Virile, but naive, big Joe Buck leaves his home in Big Spring, Texas, and hustles off to the Big Apple in search of women and big bucks. In NYC, JB meets up with frustration, and with "Ratso" Rizzo, a scruffy but cordial con artist. Somehow, this mismatched pair manage to survive each other which in turn helps both of them cope with a gritty, sometimes brutal, urban America, en route to a poignant ending.

Both funny and depressing, our "Midnight Cowboy" rides head-on into the vortex of cyclonic cultural change, and thus confirms to 1969 viewers that they, themselves, have been swept away from the 1950's age of innocence, and dropped, Dorothy and Toto like, into the 1960's Age of Aquarius.

The film's direction is masterful; the casting is perfect; the acting is top notch; the script is crisp and cogent; the cinematography is engaging; and the music enhances all of the above. Deservedly, it won the best picture Oscar of 1969, and I would vote it as one of the best films of that cyclonic decade.

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